The Guardian published a report about an atrocious event that recently occurred in India’s northern city of Guwahati in which a young women was brutally assaulted on the street for more than 45 minutes before police arrived. The worst of the situation is that countless people observed the attack and even video recorded it, sending footage to Assam’s NewsLive channel where it was broadcast, placing blame on the female victim for being drunk. The article goes on to describe other brutal acts of violence inflicted on omen across the country.
One famous month the explorers gathered together to map the same difficult terrain. Though utterly dependent upon one another to survive, they struggled with the unusual proximity. Each evening they made their maps whilst sitting on the ground, backs to the fire, elbows crooked over their papers. The flames shrunk in the cruel lands they came to. The explorers, used to the cold and faces now worked with cold backs as well. As the journey eked on they took to walking in an outward facing circle, taking turns moving forwards, backwards, and sideways. With supplies insupportably low, the direction wheel whirled in to a small unnamed town where it finally spun out and scattered. The small plot of land in which they arrived was fenced off. It remains blank on every globe. Every atlas. In every roaming heart.